No matter how many books you read, classes you take, or hip mamas you follow on Instagram, nothing can fully prepare you for the adventure that is parenthood. If you’re expecting, here are a few surprises headed your way:
Breastfeeding can be TOUGH!
From chapped nipples or low milk supply, to poor latch or clogged ducts, breastfeeding doesn’t always come as naturally as many women envision. If you find yourself struggling with breastfeeding, know that you aren’t alone! A lactation consultant can be key in helping you trouble shoot issues & creating a plan that fits your needs. Need help finding one? Check out this site. If you do find that breastfeeding isn’t for you or simply doesn’t work out…that’s okay too!
No matter how laid back you are as a person, you will worry. Is he breathing? Is she eating enough? Is he reaching his milestones? Are we ever going to sleep? Am I a good parent? The list goes on. But where there’s worry, there’s love, so embrace it!
Whether baby is sleeping, eating, playing, or pooping…you might very well find yourself completely captivated, spending hours simply watching your little one. Once you tune into Baby TV, it’s hard to get anything else done.
That All Consuming Love!
There’s nothing quite like it and nothing can prepare you for just how head over heels, madly in love you will be with that tiny, little human. For some, this love is instant. For others, it grows slowly. Either way, it’s magical!
Sleep Becomes King
Very little will occupy your mind more than how much sleep you and baby are (or rather aren’t) getting. You will try ANYTHING if it means increasing that number. Take that sleep deprivation, mix in some hallucinations and next thing you know, you’ll be ordering weighted swaddle blankets, the newest noise machine, lavender bedtime spray, and 30 books on sleep training. We promise you will sleep again someday…maybe.
There are NO Breaks.
Being a parent is a 24/7, 365 kind of job…with no vacation days. Even if you aren’t physically with your child, that responsibility is always present and sometimes a bit overwhelming.
Poop, Poop, And More Poop
It will become an important topic in your life. Is my baby pooping enough? What color is his poop? What’s the consistency of the poop? So much poop. Be prepared for blowouts and always bring an extra set of clothing.
All the Feels
Nothing can quite prepare you for the rush of emotions. From overwhelming joy and fear to worry and love, becoming a parent can be an emotional roller coaster.
Here’s what some of our Mommy’s Bliss Ambassadors had to say:
“How long I can go without sleep and still feel totally fulfilled.” -Daphne
“Forget the books and what everyone tells you that you NEED or HAVE TO do… Do what feels right and works for you and your family!!” -Christy
“How naturally motherhood comes!” – Cori-LeAnn
“What surprised me the most is how completely obsessed I am with our baby girl! Everybody told me I would be, but I had absolutely no idea just how much!” – Hannah